Over the last few days we've seen details emerge, almost being drip fed in fact, for the January 19th "Dynamic Glove" show.
First we were informed that world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be facing Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in an attempt to avenge a loss from years ago. Then we were informed of a mouth watering clash between Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who will face off in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
Today we saw another fantastic bout being confirmed for the card, with Japanese #1 rankled Featherweight contender Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
The bout is scheduled to be a 8 round bout at a contracted 57.8KG, around 127.4lbs, and should be a really special bout, with Abe taking on his most skilled opponent so far, and Sugita taking on his most accomplished foe by far.
From what we understand Abe's Japanese Featherweight title fight, during the Champion Carnival, will not be at risk if he losses, unless he suffers an injury which may rule him out. Regardless, it's a very risky fight for him to be taking so close to such a significant contest.
Yesterday we reported that Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face with Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], looking to avenge a loss form 2012. At the time there was no other bouts announced for the card, though today we have been informed of a very good supporting bout, between two young Japanese fighters each looking to break out in 2019.
The match up in question will see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] battle Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
The 21 year old Sadatsune made his debut way back in September 2015, and after mixed success early on, going 6-2-3 he has racked up 3 really good domestic wins, defeating Ryo Suwa, Tatsuya Takahashi and Isao Aoyama. He isn't a big puncher but looks to be developing belief in his power and looks like a real prospect to keep an eye on, despite the less than spectacular record.
Oshima on the other hand made his debut in 2016 and after winning his debut, in 68 seconds, lost his second bout, coming up short to the under-rated Yuki Iriguchi. Since then he has gone unbeaten in 4 bouts, including a win last time out against Joe Tanooka in August. He looks the more pure puncher, but failed to impress against his more skilled opponents.
This looks like a mouth watering match up, and we're genuinely looking forward to seeing these two in the ring together.
Earlier today we were informed that former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] will be returning to the ring on the January 19th edition of "Dynamic Glove" to face off with veteran Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文].
The two men have history together, with Nakajima having beaten Wake back in May 2012 and it seems likely that this bout has been put together to let Wake get some revenge for that defeat.
Since their first bout Wake has gone on 15-1 (12), claimed national and regional titles and fought for a world title. Right now the 31 year old is chasing a second world title fight and will likely be using the bout to both avenge a loss and to help stay sharp for a shot at a world title , which is expected to come later in the year.
The 34 year old Nakajima hasn't had great success since beating Wake. He has gone 9-6 (5), losing in two Japanese title fights to Hidenori Otake and losing in OPBF title fight to Mark John Yap. Despite those set backs he did score a notable win on Chinese soil in 2016, over-coming Xian Qian Wei for a WBC regional title. Sadly Nakajima has lost his last 2 bouts and it's hard to know what he really has left coming into this contest.
At the time of writing no other details have been released about the show, though there is some suspicion that a deal has been done for Wake to get a world title fight in the Summer.
Earlier this week we reported that Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] was sparring with former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], to prepare to take on unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] on December 30th.
That sparring has continued through the rest of the week, with it ending today. Iwasa spoke highly of Inoue after today's sparring session and it's that both have gained a lot from the sessions together.
Despite Iwasa's time with Inoue ending today Inoue's sparring isn't close to over and today it was revealed that he would begin sparring with Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] in December as he looks to continuing preparing for Petch.
The focus appears to be not only on preparing to face the unbeaten Thai but also on his general health and condition. He revealed today that he was doing what he could to avoid catching a cold so close to the biggest fight of his career, and it seems likely that that's a genuine worry for the younger of the two Inoue brothers.
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A couple of weeks ago we saw Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] become the new WBC "interim" WBC Super Bantamweight champion, following a unanimous decision win over over-come Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10).
Today the Japanese fighter took part in a press conference before resuming training for the first time since that win. At the press conference he seemed to be looking forward, towards his future and potentially his next professional bout.
The focus for Kameda, at the moment, is to face off with the WBC's regular champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22), who actually beat Tomoki in the amateurs. That seems to be the bout he's wanting the most however it was revealed today that that bout may not take place as Vargas is looking to face WBA champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10), in what could end up being a unification bout. At today's press conference there was the suggestion that the WBC may not allow Vargas and Roman to fight, and would strip Vargas if he took part in that bout with first facing Kameda.
If the WBC do indeed choose to strip Vargas and promote Kameda he and his team mentioned the potentially of defending the title against a Japanese challenger in the new year. That could mean a potential bout with several domestic fighters, including both Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] and Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], who looking for big fights in the new year. If Kameda does face a Japanese fighter it would be his first bout against a countryman since May 2009, when he defeated Tatsuhiro Kumobayashi with a 4th round TKO.
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